• Love of the Summerfields

  • The Manor House Series, Volume 1
  • By: Nancy Moser
  • Narrated by: Emma Nairne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Love of the Summerfields

By: Nancy Moser
Narrated by: Emma Nairne
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Publisher's Summary

Downton Abbey fans... if you'd like another series set in the manor houses of England, try the Manor House Series. The first book is Love of the Summerfields: 1880 England: the lives and loves of manor and village intertwine. Earl and shopkeeper, countess and clerk - all will be stunned and transformed by a secret that begs to be revealed.

When the Weston family returns to Summerfield Manor at the close of the London social season, both village and manor relax into their normal existence. But for four women, turmoil awaits. Each must battle the restrictions of her position as her faith and character are tested. Adelaide Weston: the feisty and domineering dowager countess, is thrust out of her carefully structured life of duty by the reappearance of her first love. Ruth Weston: the manor's reclusive, guilt-ridden countess, struggles to emerge from self-imposed exile to embrace her marriage, her family, and the duties of her position. Ruth's loyal lady's maid, Molly Wallace, juggles the demands of her job, the needs of her own tumultuous family, and a secret romance. And Lila Hayward, a shopkeeper's daughter, finds herself in love with a viscount's son who's engaged to Ruth's spoiled daughter. Lila is sorely tested when she is obliged to act as liaison between the two, putting her in constant contact with the man she loves but can never hope to win. None of these women expect a decades-old secret to unsettle the balance of her life - and the lives of everyone in Summerfield. Each will have a choice to make between her own happiness and a truth that will turn their carefully-ordered world upside down.

©2015 Nancy Moser (P)2016 Nancy Moser

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Great story ... not so great vocals

Nancy Moser has written a delightful story with countless twists and turns. However I almost gave up listening to it several times because of the sharp tones of the narrator. I was glad I stuck with it, but wish she would choose a reader with a more pleasant voice.

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I enjoyed this book

I am a sucker for the old English stories and she told it well in my opinion. All of the characters found what they were looking for in one way or another. I don't like loose ends. And even though there is another story coming up she still did a good job of tying those loose ends. If a person didn't read the second book they still should be satisfied with the way this ended.

I am not very happy with the narrator, at sometimes it was difficult to understand what she was saying due to the accents she was using. I know that to be true because when she did certain characters I understood her just fine, and others I did not understand so well!

I actually looked it up to see if she was English or if she was in American doing a bad English accent and come to find out she actually is from Surrey and is an English woman.

I was kind of disappointed with the way she did the characters. Even though stories can be good, that does make a difference on how you enjoy the book if it's being read to you. If I read it myself, I would've given the book 5 stars because like I said I am a sucker for the old English stories.

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Love of the summerfields

I really enjoyed this book! Old English families have many secrets revealed. Gives an insight into the workings of the households of days gone by.

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A fun book

it's a good book of the ups and downs in a family and servants in an English manor

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Storyline predictable; Narration terrible.

Narration was painful to listen to. Fake English accents botched the whole book. Storyline was simplistic and predictable.